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Para-Ski Top Gun
 
The Para-Ski Top Gun is a powered parachute that was designed and produced by Para-Ski of Mascouche, Quebec, Canada.
The Top Gun was designed to comply with the Canadian Basic Ultralight Aeroplane category, as well as the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight category. In kit form the aircraft was designed to comply with the Canadian Amateur-built Aircraft rules as well as the US Experimental - Amateur-built aircraft rules. It features a 521 sq ft (48.4 sq.m) parachute-style wing, two-seats-in-tandem accommodation, four-wheeled landing gear and a single 64 hp (48 kW) Rotax 582 engine in pusher configuration. The 65 hp (48 kW) Hirth 3203, the 80 hp (60 kW) Hirth F-30 or 110 hp (82 kW) Hirth F-30ES engines were factory options. Parachute options included square or elliptical canopies of 400 to 600 sq ft (37 to 56 sq.m). Landing gear options include skis and floats.
 
The aircraft carriage is built from welded aluminium tubing and has a "sledge-like" cockpit fairing incorporating dual square headlights. In flight steering is accomplished via handle bars that actuate the canopy brakes, creating roll and yaw. On the ground the aircraft has front wheel steering. The aircraft uses a large rudder to offset the engine torque effects. The landing gear incorporates independent shock and spring suspension.
 
The aircraft has an empty weight of 400 lb (181 kg) and a gross weight of 900 lb (408 kg), giving a useful load of 500 lb (227 kg). With full fuel of 38 litres (8.4 imp gal; 10 US gal) the payload for crew and baggage is 440 lb (200 kg).
 
The Top Gun was introduced in 2003 and was available as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft and also as a kit for amateur construction at US$17,050 in 2004. Production ended when the company went out of business in about 2011.
 
Two variants were produce; the Top Gun base model, and the Top Gun Discovery model including some options as standard.
In July 2015 three examples were registered with the Transport Canada.
 
Top Gun Discovery
Engine: 1 × Rotax 582, 64 hp (48 kW)
Propellers: 3-bladed Ivo-Prop, 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) diameter
Wingspan: 30 ft 0 in (9.14 m)
Wing area: 521.0 sq ft (48.40 sq.m)
Aspect ratio: 1.72:1
Empty weight: 400 lb (181 kg)
Gross weight: 900 lb (408 kg)
Fuel capacity: 30 litres (6.6 imp gal; 7.9 US gal)
Maximum speed: 35 mph; 30 kn (56 km/h)
Cruise speed: 30 mph; 26 kn (48 km/h)
Stall speed: 25 mph; 22 kn (40 km/h)
Rate of climb: 790 ft/min (4 m/s)
Wing loading: 1.7 lb/sq ft (8.4 kg/sq.m)
Crew: one
Capacity: one passenger
 
 
 
 


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